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StrawberryFields

Updated on June 18, 2013
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Down by the rivers edge

We carved our initials

Into the tender bark

Of a young Willow tree

In grown-up bodies

Still carrying the hearts of children

We chased each other and laughed

And then made love

On new fallen leaves

In the brooks cool water

We bathed and played

And on its bank

We explored nature

As the sun kissed our skin

We touched with no inhibitions

As innocent as the sapling now scarred

And unsophisticatedly

We drank cheap wine

And she smiled with lips

Stained crimson red

By Boones Farm

And on her tongue

I tasted Strawberry Hill

And then loved her again

On the hood of my

Chevy El Camino

And she tasted me in its bed

And I tasted her

On its diamond tucked seats

And we swam in the tall grass

And rolled in the gurgling water

And at the age of seventeen

We left our mark that day

The Willow waved

As we drove away

Scooping up with young shallow roots

A bottle cap that lay by his trunk

That he might dream

And see on the horizon

Two young lovers

Running free through

Strawberry Fields

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Theresa, thank you so much for the compliments.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Well done! Exuberant, sensual, natural, youthful -- penned in such a way that the words and images flow easily. Very nice. Theresa

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Shanmarie.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Fun read!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Clark, I thank you very much for the kind words, and I also appreciate the feedback and advice, (which we honestly don't get enough of at hubpages). I am always willing to learn and refine my work, so yes, I will take into consideration your point. Thank you again. Wayne

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Alexandra, I love hearing from you. I'm sure I will be getting advice on some of these later on. Which I look forward to. Thank you so much for the kind words.

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Wayne--excellent capture of those wonderful moments of lusty love when time just stopped and we WERE. Great movement within the images--one bit of kitchen business that kept jerking my attention to a halt when it should have been rolling forward with the lovers==the arbitrary capitals at the beginnings of many lines actually IMPEDES the enjambment you're trying to achieve. Would you consider having a second look at that?

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      This took me back to some pretty great days, too...well, except for the wine but it seemed to taste good back then. Everything did. Beautiful poem of youth and joy!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you dear Lurana.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Carefree and romantic! :-) Lurana

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Enjoyed the imagery of strawberry fields and left me wanting some strawberry wine. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sure captured the memory and made me feel like I was the fly on the proverbial wall. A beautiful sentiment.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Mike.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      That you dear Eddy!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Jose!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Well written and beautiful poem, Wayne. Thanks for sharing!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Wayne and voted up. You really are very talented and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you SkySlave. I appreciate the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Martin, my friend. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Wow that was amazing. From the youthful imagery like the cheap wine and the fast car, to the nostalgia of a time forgotten.

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A preservation of youth at its finest! I can't tell ya how much i love this one. It reminded me of memories that i forgot existed up until now. That itself is a blessing. Thanks for this!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful poem. Took me back to those wonderful picnics with Arlene. In SF we always lived in walking distance from a park. thank you

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      What a poet-Master you truly are Wayne! This was so light, so vivacious, so romantic, so adorable..

      just SO SO!

      so enjoyed this romp through strawberry fields - feeling young - thank you!

      Love the El Camino plastic diamond seats! I believe you mentioned it re; my orgasm post?

      yep, ya did too! lol

      sharing..

      sharing

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, I always adore your company and wonderful reflections. Thank you so much my beautiful friend for stopping by!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Anna.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Valleypoet.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I missed so much by not drinking till I was in my 40s! There was no anesthetic for teenage sweaty stuff and inept kisses. hahaha!

      grin (Your account makes it seem a terrible waste, too, Wayne! wow! I thought it was literal Strawberry Hills & Fields,)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Cat, and watch out for those El Caminos. They'll leave a diamond imprint on your rear! Lol!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      The beautiful story of young love; mixed with a shot of teenage reality supping cheap wine. Nicely penned.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Faith. I appreciate the support!

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      A great piece of writing Wayne....all the passion and exuberance of youth is celebrated in this sensory treat...very nicely done:-))

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL no but I remember the leaves..:) Ha...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Frank! Maybe you were more of a Mad Dog 20-20 guy? : )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I agree Ed. Just writing about those days brought a sigh of melancholy reminiscence to me. Oh, to be 17 and stupid one more time...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Well, you just took me to Strawberry Hill with you and as I'm blown away moved by the sweet passion of this piece... I catch your daughter's comment and laughed... awkward... I could imagine.

      Well, daddy, this one didn't make me feel awkward and I have a new appreciation for the El Camino ;-)

      Cat

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      LOL yes yawning would be bad!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      LOL yes yawning would be bad!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, sweety. Awkward is good. If someone wanders into your realm and decides to read your work, you should attempt to make them feel awkward; make them uncomfortable, make them shift in their seat, make them cry...laugh...or say, 'oh shit!' Just don't make them yawn.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Such a lovely write here, and does bring back a lot of memories, even the Boones Farm :)

      Your words capture the very essence of young love and that time of just being carefree to love and be loved while enjoying nature all around.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      (will return to share, as buttons not appearing at the moment)

      Have a great weekend, Faith Reaper

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Well some of this was awkward ; ) But still beautiful. I've missed reading your work, I have much catching up to do!!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. You made me laugh because I too remember paying dearly for one of my romps on strawberry hill. I don't know what was worse; the sickness, or facing my mom when I stumbled in the door that night.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      what a memory.. very well written wayne barrett

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is beautiful poetry Wayne. Universal bad taste in cheap wine seems a youthful hazard we all encounter, but those moments you write about are ones that last in memory.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This brings back memories, Wayne. I got totally smashed (and sick) on Strawberry Hill when I was in high school. I wasn't doing the humma humma yet, but I kissed the golf course greens with regurgitated Boones Farm that night! :-)